The Open Enrollment period allows employees to make changes to their medical and dental insurance plans. This is the only time that employees can add members to their plans or change their plan outside of a life changing qualifying event.
- Rate and plan information along with a simple enrollment form can be found using the “Medical Insurance” tab below.
- Annual Open Enrollment information can be found using the "Annual Open Enrollment for Medical & Dental" tab below.
- Annual Notices About Health Insurance Coverage
- Annual Open Enrollment for Medical & Dental
- Attendance Forms
- Cigna Medical & Dental Booklets, Newsletters and Flyers
- Cigna New ID Cards
- Employee Wellness
- Flexible Spending Accounts
- Health Insurance News
- Life & Long-Term Disability Insurance
- Medical Insurance
- Privacy Practices
- Voluntary Vision Plan
- Workplace Safety Information
Annually, we conduct informative sessions on understanding Social Security, Medicare and Elder Care Support Services. Information on upcoming sessions will be posted here.
If you or a family member is nearing retirement, understanding the benefits and complex interplay between Social Security and Medicare will be essential in helping you make the most appropriate retirement and health care purchase decisions for you and your family.
Additionally, there are a number of resources and services available through the North Central Area Agency on Aging (NCAA) to help older adults and their families navigate the healthcare insurance system and social service networks.
The most recent Open Enrollment Period is May 12 - June 4, 2021 for Board of Education employees eligible for participation in the Board of Education medical and dental insurance programs.
Employees who elected not to participate in these programs at the initial offering may enroll at this time. Employees may switch between the different insurance plans and may add dependents to their plans during this period. The effective date of these changes is July 1, 2021.
During the Open Enrollment period, an informational PowerPoint presentation is available on our website for those that have questions on our High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) with a Health Savings Account (HSA). Employees can also contact our Payroll/Benefits Coordinator, Terri Heintz or our Payroll/Benefits Specialist, Jennifer Murphy to answer questions on Open Enrollment.
CIGNA Rate Information - If there are no changes to your health insurance coverage, you do not need to re-enroll for 2021-22.
For rate information, please see the Medical Insurance tab.
The perfect attendance program as established
Vacation Day Carry-over Request Forms:
All absences should be entered through the use of the Frontline Absence Management program. No paper forms are being utilized. Refer to your school secretary or Cindi Freilinger, Human Resources Coordinator, with questions.
If you have questions regarding attendance records or would like to request an attendance report, e-mail your questions / requests to Terri Heintz, Employee Benefits Coordinator for Simsbury Public Schools.
Latest Cigna Newsletters (June 2020)
- Choice Fund HSA FAQs
- New ID Cards
- New Express Scripts Info
- Express Scripts FAQs
- Accredo Specialty Pharmacy
Informational Flyers (September 2019):
Cigna Healthcare – Medical Insurance Information – New ID Cards
Effective July 1, 2020 - Medical Insurance Renewal, all employees and their dependents with medical insurance will be receiving new medical ID cards from Cigna. Here is some important information regarding your new medical ID card:
- Use the new ID card you’ll get in the mail. It has important information on it the pharmacy needs to access your benefits and process your prescription.
- Throw away your old ID card. Use your old ID card until you get your new one. Once you get your new one, throw away the old one.
- Your pharmacists will need to use the BIN, PCN and Rx Group number on your ID card to access your benefits and process your claim.
- If you forget your ID card, you can access it using the myCigna.com app. You can also download and print a temporary Cigna ID card from the myCigna.com website.
- Remind your pharmacy to update their files. If a claim is denied, ask the pharmacy if they used the correct BIN and PCN numbers: BIN – 017010 and PCN – 0215COMM
- Your next refill date may be different from what’s listed on your current pill bottle. The date will now be based on the timing of your last few fills.
Accredo is our new specialty pharmacy for those managing a complex medical condition that requires a specialty medication.
MetLife 2021-22 Dental Insurance - If there are no changes to your dental insurance coverage, you do not need to re-enroll for 2021-22.
MetLife is the dental insurance plan carrier for Simsbury Public Schools. Dental services covered are divided into 4 categories:
|(A)||Preventive & Diagnostic|
MetLife Dental Claim Form
Group Policy No: 1656128 / 0305879
Dental Call Center Telephone 1-800-942-0854
Members can use this link for a list of providers, verify eligibility, plan design and to review claim status or claim history. Employees must enter "Simsbury Board of Education" as the company name.
P.O. Box 981282
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Evening Fitness Classes with Susan Rubenstein
In non-COVID times, instructor Susan Rubenstein offers evening fitness classes at Eno Memorial Hall. To register, call (860) 658-3273 or visit www.simsburyseniors.com. Information will be posted here when available.
The perfect class to help you de-stress after your busy day!
Cardio Core Challenge
This class is designed to give you a cardio burst, strength training, weights and core work, all in one complete workout.
Fitness Program Offerings
Fall Into Fitness at G Fitness – 1 Month Unlimited Classes for $99!
G Fitness is a studio in Simsbury that offers programs for individuals looking to promote weight loss and improve muscle toning; improve athletic performance; and rehab from injury or illness. They offer smaller class sizes, taught by certified personal trainers and fitness instructors with years of experience in the fitness industry. Classes are suited for all levels of fitness experience. G Fitness offers Barre, Pilates, Strength, Interval Training, and kick-boxing classes as well as blended classes that combine focus such as Cardio Pilates and Barre Bootcamp. Contact Gina Marecki at (860) 280-7591 for more information about the special offer for Town and Board of Education employees. More information is also available on the G Fitness website.
At G Fitness, we offer a workout experience that caters to our client’s individual needs. Our focus is on individual training and smaller group classes for a more personalized experience. Call for a free consultation and to start your wellness journey!
The Simsbury Board of Education adopted this Plan effective January 1, 2000. The intention of the Board of Education is that the Plan qualifies as a “cafeteria plan” within the meaning of Section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 allowing eligible employees to use tax-free dollars to pay for certain kinds of benefits and expenses.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), signed into law in March 2010, states that beginning January 1, 2011, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs or medicines not prescribed by a doctor will no longer be reimbursable under a Flexible Spending Account.
2021 Plan Highlights
Participation Fee (REDUCED) - Participation Fee is $5.00 per month. Annual cost is $60.00.
Health Care Account Maximum The FSA Health Care Account Maximum is $2,750 for 2021.
Metavante Benefits Card - The Flex Debit Card allows you to directly pay for your eligible flexible spending account expenses at the point of service. Manual claim reimbursements are also an option for eligible dependent or health care expenses.
Flex Grace Period Amendment - In an effort to ease the pain of the "use-it-or-lose-it" rule, the IRS has provided a two and one-half month grace period for amounts (called “temporary carry-over amounts) remaining in the flexible spending account (FSA) at the end of the plan. The grace period will not exceed the 15th day of the third month after the end of the Plan Year (i.e., two-and-a-half months).
Limited Purpose Flexible Spending Account – All benefit eligible employees with a Health Savings Account (HSA) are eligible to participate in the Limited Purpose Flexible Spending Accounts. Generally, any dental or vision expenses considered to be tax deductible by the IRS under IRC 213(d) can be reimbursed through the Limited Purpose Flexible Spending Account. The Limited Purpose Flexible Spending Account allows eligible employees to be reimbursed for certain dental and vision services (not covered by their medical plan) on a pre-tax basis. The result, through proper use of the plan, can be more money in your pocket!
Participation in the FSA Health Care account will impact your eligibility to a Health Savings Account (HSA). If you or your employer on your behalf, actively contribute to an HSA account, or your spouse contributes to an HSA, you may not participate in the FSA Health Care Account.
For more information, click on the links below:
- Notice of Open Enrollment for Flexible Spending Accounts
- General Information and Mobile App Instructions
- Employee Communication: FSA-DCA Grace Period
- Eligible Expenses
- 2021 Enrollment Form
- 2021 Reimbursement Form
Flexible Spending Accounts / Payroll Dates 2021
(No deductions taken from 3rd payroll in a month)
(No deductions taken during summer months – July and August)
- January 14 and 28
- February 11 and 25
- March 11 and 25
- April 8 and 22
- May 6 and 20
- June 3 and 17
(No Deductions taken during July and August)
- September 9 and 23
- October 7 and 21
- November 4 and 18
- December 2 and 16
Health Care Reform - State Insurance Exchange / Marketplace
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Simsbury Notice of Privacy Practices:
As a requirement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Regulation, the Simsbury Public Schools is required to provide you with a Notice of Privacy Practices. Under HIPAA guidelines, group health plans and flexible spending plans must notify participants about their Notice of Privacy Practices (NPP) at least once every three years. Simsbury Public Schools has distributed a copy of this notice to all participants. The complete copy of Simsbury Public Schools Notice of Privacy Practices is also available by clicking on the link below:
Simsbury Public Schools Notice of Privacy Practices
As explained in the complete privacy notice, Simsbury Public Schools is required by law to put in place reasonable measures that protect the privacy of your individually identifiable health information that is transmitted or maintained by the Plan in any form. This health information is considered protected health information (PHI). The type of health information maintained by Simsbury Public Schools includes the following: name, address, telephone number, birth date, names of relatives, social security number, e-mail address, fax number, income, health provider, physician notices, and copies of medical or dental claims. The NPP plan describes under what circumstances the Simsbury Public Schools may use and/or disclose health information about you and how you can access that information.
The NPP explains your rights to review copy or amend certain health information we have about you. The plan also outlines your rights to ask us to share your health information with certain individuals. The Authorization for Release of Health Information form [link not available] is available for personal requests.
Simsbury Public Schools is pleased to offer a Voluntary Vision Plan (100% employee paid) to eligible employees effective July 1, 2021.
THE DOCTORS TREATMENT CENTER of Granby will provide managed care services for all workplace injuries and illnesses.
A Medical Care Plan has been filed with and approved by the State of Connecticut Workers Compensation Commission. A network of quality medical providers that includes physicians, chiropractors, family/general practice, internal medicine, neurology, optometrists, physical /occupational therapists, orthopedic surgery, and radiology, all of whom are committed to providing prompt, efficient care.
Participation in the plan will be mandatory for all new injuries occurring on or after the effective date of the Medical Care Plan. The effective date of the Medical Care Plan is November 24, 2014.
Injured employees will be required to treat only with providers listed in the PPN. If treatment occurs outside the PPN, Workers' Compensation benefits shall be suspended (subject to the order of a Workers' Compensation Commissioner.)
You must immediately report all work-related injuries to your supervisor.
- If injured on the job - instructions
- 1st report of injury - form
- W/C Preferred Provide Network Notice
- W/C Notice to Employees
- CIRMA W/C Managed Care Program Employee Guide
- W/C Act Section 31-275 Definitions (link not available)
- W/C Clarification Notice
It is the practice of Simsbury Public Schools that every employee is entitled to work under the safest possible conditions in the many occupations we represent. Every reasonable effort will be made to provide and maintain a safe and healthy workplace, safe equipment, proper materials and to establish and insist upon safe methods and practices at all times. Simsbury Public Schools expects all employees to cooperate and participate in all measures taken to ensure their safety, the safety of others and safe environments. Good management in combination with active employee involvement will help to maintain a safe and healthy organization. It is the basic responsibility of all employees to make safety part of their daily concern. People are our most important asset - their safety is our greatest responsibility. It is expected that all employees will provide their full cooperation in adherence to safe operating practices and procedures. Safety is for life!
If you have questions regarding insurance eligibility or insurance claims, e-mail Terri Heintz, Payroll/Benefits Coordinator.